||All food establishments handling open, potentially hazardous food must have one certified
food manager on staff per facility. Students must obtain a Food Manager Certification from
an approved and accredited program.
|Approved Certification Exams
||ServSafe, Prometric, NRFSP and 360 Training
|Food Safety Training Requirement
||In some counties
||5 years statewide. Specific counties vary.
||Some local jurisdictions have their own training and certification requirements.
Please contact your local health authority for more information.
Prometric & ServSafe Certifications
- • First Time or Renewal
- • Instructor-led Class and Proctored Exam
- • 5 Languages Offered
Is there a minimum hours of training to obtain the food manager certification?
Yes – for certain counties. Food establishments operating in Cheseapeake require 16 hours of training for first time certifications and 4 hours training
for recertification. Please check with your local health department for the training requirements in your county.
When does the Food Manager Certification expire?
This is dependent on the county in which you live. Food establishments operating in Fairfax County need to renew their certification every 5 years.
Certified food managers in Chesapeake need to renew their certification ever 3 years. Please check your local health department as the expiration date
varies from 3 to 5 years, depending on county.
Does the certified food manager need to be present at the food facility at all times?
Yes - for certain counties. Food establishments operating in Fairfax County must be under the immediate supervision of a Certified Food Manager during all
hours of operation. Please check with your local health department.
Do I have to register with the Environmental Health Services or get a card after I pass my exam?
This is dependent on county. It is recommended that you contact your local health department as they do have different requirements.